July 14, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

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Robert SpringallRobert Springall, Bucknell University Dean of Admissions, has become a member of the board of directors of the Common Application association on July 1, 2014. Springall, whose term will run through June 2018, was elected for the position by chief admissions officers at the 517 Common Application member colleges and universities.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the Common Application board of directors," Springall said. "My appreciation goes to the admissions deans and directors who elected me to serve as well as to the Bucknell colleagues who have supported me. They make it possible for me to serve both Bucknell and the admissions profession."

Last year, the Common Application launched a new version of its online application, in an effort to build a system to accommodate the anticipated volume of applicants. With the launch of the new system in August 2013, member colleges and universities, students, and counselors encountered several problems. While the immediate technical issues were addressed during the year, the Common Application also contracted with a third-party consulting firm to make more long-term improvements.

"The past year presented monumental technical and organizational challenges for the Common Application association," said Bill Conley, vice president for enrollment management at Bucknell. "Rob's knowledge of technology and the college admission process will add a key perspective to the board and help them move forward."

Springall, who joined the Bucknell administration in 2009, holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he started his admissions career in 1992, and a master's degree in higher education from the University of South Carolina.

Bucknell has been a member of the Common Application association since 1976. For fall 2014 admission, more than 8,000 first-year and transfer applications were submitted to Bucknell using the Common Application. During the past 10 months, 800,000 students have used the Common Application to submit 3.5 million admissions applications.